Ph. D. On Campus

Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

University College London (UCL)

36 months
27750 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
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The UCL Research Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (NPP) brings together scientists undertaking world-leading interdisciplinary research into the nervous system, from molecules and synapses to circuits and behaviour. The Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology programme is offered by University College London (UCL).


The department has an outstanding academic reputation and its links with other universities and industry provide strong support for our postgraduate research students’ networking and employment prospects. The Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology programme is offered by University College London (UCL).

Students joining NPP enter this outstanding postgraduate training environment. NPP brings together scientists working in world-leading interdisciplinary research specialities related to structure and function of single molecules, synaptic signalling in the nervous system, understanding of circuits in the brain underlying behaviour, pain and inflammation, metabolic disorders and the function of channels and transporters in cell membranes. 

Academic research in NPP is conducted at molecular, cellular, organismal and systems levels and may involve animal models of disease or studies in humans.


Occasionally students undertake research-specific placements in Industry or in collaborator research laboratories as part of their programme. Some of these are funded by the prestigious Bogue Fellowship programme.


Recent graduates have taken up research positions in academia, including at UCL; Imperial College London; Oxford University; Queen Mary, University of London; University of California, Los Angeles; Kuwait University; Rockefeller University, New York; or within organisations such as the Max Planck Society, Cancer Research UK and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Others are employed as senior scientists or medical writers within industry, as teachers or as editors with publishers.

Programme Structure

Research areas
  • Cellular, molecular and structural neuroscience: synaptic transmission and ligand-gated ion channels; transporters
  • G-protein coupled receptors and signalling pathways
  • Voltage- and calcium-gated ion channels
  • Systems and translational neuroscience: neuronal network behaviour; pain; in vivo patch electrophysiology; optogenetics
  • Intercellular signalling: inflammation; cardiovascular system

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27750 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.


  • UK: £2,845
  • International: £13,930

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


NPP is part of the Division of Biosciences where we have Wellcome Trust funded four-year PhD programmes an MRC four-year programme; MRC and MRC CASE studentships, BBSRC four-year PhD, BBSRC CASE three- and four-year studentships; NERC; and others.

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